Oct. 20, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team fought hard but could not overcome a first half deficit in a 4-2 loss to No. 23/14 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Complex.
The contest was the annual Power of Pink game, as Alabama donned all pink uniforms for breast cancer awareness.
The loss drops the Crimson Tide to 5-10 on the year and 3-5 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Wildcats improve to 12-3-1 overall and 6-2 in league play.
Alabama took an early lead in the match when a Kentucky defender was whistled for hand ball in the box just 6:31 into the game. Junior midfielder Theresa Diederich converted the penalty kick to give the Crimson Tide an early 1-0 lead.
However, the Wildcats' offense would come to life, scoring three goals over the final 20 minutes of the half to take a 3-1 lead into the locker room. Kentucky's Arin Gilliland scored all of her team's goals in the opening 45 minutes, which came in the 24th, 40th and 44th minutes.
The Crimson Tide continued to fight and would cut the lead to 3-2 in the 78th minute. Diederich set up the goal when she sent a cross to the middle of the 18-yard box. Freshman defender Auburn Mercer then one-timed a shot into the upper 90 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
However, the Wildcats would put the game away when Stuart Pope finished a shot with just over five minutes remaining to result in the final score.
The Crimson Tide will return to action with a pair of games next week. Alabama will travel to face Mississippi State on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. CT, followed by a road match at No. 24 Ole Miss on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
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